A Complete Beginners Guide to Harnessing your Creative Genius

A Complete Beginners Guide to Harnessing your Creative Genius

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Creativity is the key to unlock happiness, even if you can’t draw a stick figure!

When we think about being creative, we think art, Picasso and Van Gough. We run away, remembering mean comments from the kids at school, or even the adults telling you ‘don’t make a mess’

NEWSFLASH!

 

Creativity isn’t limited to drawing realistic portraits or an expressive painting of sunflowers.

There are a couple of keys, and you already have them.

“But I’m not creative”

Everytime I hear this I have the same reaction

*FACEPALM*

 

YOU WERE FUCKING WELL BORN CREATIVE!

Ranting aside, it’s true. The trick is finding the creative outlet for you and going for it.

You may see something on Pinterest or Instagram and think “I need to try that”. Or perhaps you are at the other end of the spectrum – I like to call it ‘Can’t Create, Won’t Create’. Where fear paralyses you. Where you don’t know where to or how to start. Maybe you suffer from comparisonitis, “it doesn’t look like XXX, I’m rubbish, I can’t do this”.

#TRUTHBOMB You can create beautiful artwork that sets your soul alight.

 

HOW?!?

I can hear the frustration in your voice and that’s why I’m writing this post. This isn’t a step by step to make a specific project, nor is it a ‘get on with it’ pep talk. This is a ‘how to’ structure that will give you results and show you HOW to move from ‘Can’t Art, Won’t Art’ to confident creative without the need for therapy or repetitive drawing.

What’s more, I’ve hunted high and low to give you the BEST resources on the interwebs to work through those stumbling blocks and accelerate your creativity!

Enough babbling, let’s get to the juicy bit… INTRODUCING

The 5 P’s – taking you from Can’t Create, Won’t Create to Creative Genius.

A Complete Beginners Guide to Harnessing your Creative Genius

Chapter 1 – Perfectionism

Chapter 2 – Procrastination

Chapter 3 – Permission

Chapter 4 – Practise

Chapter 5 – Play

Beginners Guide to Harnessing your Creative Genius using the 5 P's formula - taking you from Can’t Create, Won’t Create to Creative Genius.

PERFECTIONISM

First of all, meet the ENEMY of creativity. This is the fear that holds you back. The unspoken, ingrained belief that anything less than perfect is not good enough, unworthy and somehow less.

That focus on the end product not only frightens us, it decreases our ablity to accept what is and enjoy the present moment. It can rule our life, not just our creativity.

Step One

Face your perfectionism!

Seems a little early? This is the BIGGEST reason people fail, quit or stay small. This is what stops you from even starting – the fear we will not live up to the perfect expectation we have. In order to move forward, we need to address this first, not later on – or you are going nowhere – and we want to create, not sit and cower!

PROCRASTINATION

Oh! Procrastination! That brick wall topped with razor wire and it’s just way too much fucking effort… So how do you bin that remote and beat the urge to have a netflix binge?

Step 2

Find the root of your procrastination… Then take a sledgehammer to that sucka!

For me, it is all about how I prioritise things. I used to feel that I couldn’t create if there was still housework, I felt guilty for indulging while there was still work to do.

The thing is, I can ALWAYS find some sort of housework to do, there is washing EVERY DAY. Now, after 7pm, I am banned from housework. Self care and creativity are paramount.

The change took time, I set alarms, looked at necessity – does it HAVE to be done right now (today). Does it HAVE to be done by me – my husband soon started pulling his weight, while his cleaning isn’t perfect (it’s pretty slapdash) it will do for a few weeks, then I do a deep clean. It frees up about 3 hours each week for me and allows me to dedicate that time to paint and glue!

PERMISSION

Remember when you had to ask permission?

What about the feeling of validation – being told you were a ‘good girl’ (or boy or hamster as the case may be… We are trained from an early age to crave validation, taught to gain permission.

As a result, when we become adults, we still seek these feelings and the positive emotions we were taught to associate with permission. Guess what – it’s now YOU that GIVES permission.

STEP 3

Seek your own permission and SAY YES! If you’re struggling, grab yourself a permission slip, fill it in, and put it somewhere you can see. Anytime you are struggling or feel guilty – GO LOOK AT THAT SUCKA AND PAY ATTENTIONno-one else can give you permission, only you. Stop looking for an adultier adult.

PRACTISE

I heard that sigh – stay with me. I loath the old saying “practise makes perfect”, it counjours up images of doldrum and repartition of algebra in maths class. Even so, it has a firm place in this process.

Step 4

Despite my dislike of practise, repartition is key – I’m not talking abut repartition of the same thing over and over. I refer to making space for creativity, repeting this regularly.

Drawing, photography, painting, it doesn’t matter what your media is – keep taking those photos, but switch up the topic/subject. Plants one day, the cat the next. This will not only keep your interest, but also allow you to practise which embeds knowledge. Two birds, one stone!

PLAY

Let’s regain some sense, have you watched the kids play with wild abandon, creating for the joy of creation, not the end product? This is SUPER IMPORTANT.

Step 5

IT’S PLAYTIME!

This will fuel your creativity, replenish the well AND it’s an EPIC method of self care. No stress, no worries, just playing with paint and glue. Or crayons… Whatever takes your fancy!

These guys share the same philosophy; go check them out and enjoy playtime without limits.

ROUND-UP

In conclusion, unlocking your inner creative is pretty simple.

  1. Perfectionism
  2. Procrastination
  3. Permission
  4. Practise
  5. Play

There is not one type of creativity that is less than another. In addition, you praise you children/nieces/nephews for those messy handprints in muddy colours – treat yourself with the same respect – so stop expecting yourself to create a Van Gough the second you pick up that brush!

Not sure what type of creativity will suit you? This quick quiz will get you on the way:

Find your Creative Viagra!

Most of all, cut yourself some slack. Creativity is about enjoyment, not pressure. My final words; Unlock that creativity. Go on, what are you waiting for??

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Beginners Guide to Harnessing your Creative Genius using the 5 P's formula - taking you from Can’t Create, Won’t Create to Creative Genius.
Beginners Guide to Harnessing your Creative Genius using the 5 P's formula - taking you from Can’t Create, Won’t Create to Creative Genius.

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It feels like only yesterday

It feels like only yesterday

Dealing with grief is hard, years go by and it feels like only yesterday. It's easy to block happiness and live in the past, together we can look forward.

March is a challenging month for our family, we have reasons to celebrate and reasons to mourn. Sometimes on the same day.

It’s been 9 years since my father passed away, 5 since my maternal grandma left us and 12 months since my uncle died.

 

But it feels like only yesterday.

 

Life goes on and it moves fast. If you are waiting for the perfect time to do that class you always wanted or can’t take that holiday until the kids go to university, STOP BLOCKING YOURSELF! Find someone to look after the kids for a week, get down to the local College and check out their evening classes. Don’t wait. One of my father’s favourite sayings was “you might get hit by a bus tomorrow!” AKA don’t waste life wishing, don’t die regretting the things you didn’t do. Go out and live those dreams.

Dealing with grief is hard, years go by and it feels like only yesterday. It's easy to block happiness and live in the past, together we can look forward.

Walking towards awesome!

Walking towards awesome!

Walking towards awesome. But that means change for most of us, something different from the status quo you're used to. Does that sound scary?

Walking towards awesome. Sounds great huh?

But that means change for most of us, something different from the status quo you’re used to. Does that sound scary? I’m with you there. I don’t much like change, however, reframing things seems to work for me. So change becomes walking towards. Sounds more relaxed, less intimidating and far more rewarding, no?

 

When I feel triggered, I’ve taken to reframing things. This includes: ‘My job is boring’ has become ‘My job is easy’, ‘I need to do the washing’ has become ‘I enjoy soft, clean clothes’, you get the idea. It sounds so simple, and it is, but this simple change over time ha made me feel more positive, helped me embrace change, get motivated to Spring Clean the house (10+ years of junk) and begin the next phase of Inky Paws Art (more details at some other time).

It has changed things for me far more than I realised and it was FUN! Trying to think of a positive spin for a boring job was pretty challenging and I’m no fan of housework at the best of times! A challenge to spin a situation helped me focus, it was fun, not taxing and something I could do at ANY time. On the daily commute, while changing he bedding and beyond. It’s all in my mind.

So let’s start walking towards awesome, head high and ready to rock!

 

 

Walking towards awesome. But that means change for most of us, something different from the status quo you're used to. Does that sound scary?

5 steps to Creative Awesome

Let it be…

Change your life, change your priorities

Change your life, change your priorities

Change your life, change your priorities. If you think change is difficult or complex, I've got some news for you. It's remarkably easy... if you allow it.

Change your life, change your priorities.

 

Could it really be that simple? I used to be convinced change was difficult, too complicated with little reward. It was prioritising that changed my life. How? I started journalling. I have NEVER kept a diary and until 8 months ago, I activly resisted journalling in all it’s guises. While it is a story for another day, there were two main questions that drove my change.

What are my highest priorities?
Why?

 

Simple, right? They were challenging questions – being open and honest with yourself can be difficult and sometimes painful. However, the perseverance has been worth it, it has allowed me to work through pain, self doubt and really reflect on my life, goals and dreams.

Change your life, change your priorities. If you think change is difficult or complex, I've got some news for you. It's remarkably easy... if you allow it.

Need a longer Pause?

 

What’s the worst that could happen?

You’re never too old to reinvent yourself

5 steps to creative AWESOME

5 steps to creative AWESOME

"Too scared...", "what if I get it wrong?", "What if I ruin it?" Do these questions haunt you? Let's get it moving, 5 steps to creative awesome.

I recently asked those of you on my mailing list what struggles you have in your creativity. (If you want in, pop your email in below the post or in the sidebar). “Too scared…”, “what if I get it wrong?”, “What if I ruin it?” This was a common theme, I sat and thought about these issues.

My cynical rather arsey side – the part that likes straight-talking-tough-love – responded

"Too scared...", "what if I get it wrong?", "What if I ruin it?" Do these questions haunt you? Let's get it moving, 5 steps to creative awesome.
That said, my less cynical introverted side TOTALLY GETS IT. Not from an artistic side, but from a professional side. I was terrified of advancing in my career, stepping out of my comfort zone, from a job I excel at to one with more responsibilities. I really can relate to these feelings, career-wise, I’m still there. I’m working on it – I’m determined to move on up and get out of my comfort zone.

With that in mind – I want to help you to get brave and create.

 

Introducing…

 

"Too scared...", "what if I get it wrong?", "What if I ruin it?" Do these questions haunt you? Let's get it moving, 5 steps to creative awesome.

 

 

Yup, 5 steps to creative awesome.

 

Let’s dive in.

 

 

1. Nothing holds you back more than your insecurities

Face your fear

Too scared? Not good enough? Can’t draw? No one is perfect, every single creative person has to work at it. Work through your fears. NOW. If you are wondering how, check out my Creative Enhancement Masterclass – it’s totally FREE!

2. Stop Making Excuses

Get out of your way. I don’t have time, I’m too tired, no space… Sound familiar? When you say things like this, it is an excuse, yes, TOUGH LOVE! If you want to crate, you need to prioritse it… Like the washing up, just more fun. Recognise these saying for what they are. EXCUSES. Pop it in your diary have a weekly creative night, or colour and coffee time. Schedule it in and COMMIT!

 

"Too scared...", "what if I get it wrong?", "What if I ruin it?" Do these questions haunt you? Let's get it moving, 5 steps to creative awesome.

 

3. Let go of the finished product

Don’t allow your expectations to dictate your success We tend to focus on the finished piece. STOP IT! Enjoy the process of creating, liberate yourself. My Inspiration Strikes are very much focused on the process rather than a finished piece.

4. Cultivate a daily creative practice

Find a creative practice you can do each day It doesn’t have to be big. Colouring books and sheets are great for this. You could use a small sketch book, make some bunting. The key; it needs to be small and easy to walk away from. This will allow you to work out ideas and fears before making your project. I’ve got a selection for you if you fancy – keep reading and you’ll see how to grab them.

5. It is your choice.

No-one is going to force you. It is your choice. If you want to create, you HAVE to start. You have the control and it is your choice.

Where to start? How about colouring. It’s simple and quick not messy (unless you choose to make it so). I’ve created several awesome sheets that you can have for free. Get even more when you sign up to our e-mail list!

Be open to awesome

Be open to awesome

Think your past defines your future? Focusing on your past steals your future. Be open to awesome, to things being even more amazing than you imagine.

Today, I plan to leave the worry behind. To be more open. Rather than worrying about what could go wrong, I am open to the possibility to things being even more awesome, more magical than I ever dreamed.

Anxiety and worry are thieves, thieves of the present and future. Life is short.

 

Be open to awesome.

Think your past defines your future? Focusing on your past steals your future. Be open to awesome, to things being even more amazing than you imagine.

 

Need some more help being open to awesome?

 

 

Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire

Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire

I get bored easily, my attention span outside art is about 45 minutes. Listen to the winds of change. Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire.

Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire yourself!

 

This last 14 days has been, well, interesting. I’ve had a mojo blip, been re-evaluating how I approach Inky Paws. See, I don’t like stagnation, I get bored easily – seriously, my attention span outside art, PC games and reading is about 45 minutes. My Inky Pause – a great concept, but I am bored! Inspiration Strikes – so much fun and so many people enjoy it. However, I’m not motivated by it.

Rather than cancelling and finding something new – or worse – burning out. I’m listening to the winds of change. Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire. Simple.

 

So what changes am I bringing about?

 

I get bored easily, my attention span outside art is about 45 minutes. Listen to the winds of change. Reinvent yourself, change your mind, grow and inspire.

Inky Pause

 

Simple – I’m using my own art as a background – mixing paper and digital art to create these. No other changes. I find this far more inspiring and motivating.

 

Inspiration Strikes

 

Since it’s conception, these have been unrelated. Me playing with whatever inspires me at the time. I’m now feeling less motivated each week – so it’s time to change, not a full blown ‘Madonna’, just a couple of tweaks. I’m going to start a project, making things more technique focused. I’m looking forward to these so much!

I really hope you will enjoy these changes as much as me!

 

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Think your flaws are a problem? A thing to be pushed down and ignored? Fill the wounds with love, light and forgiveness. Forget the fear, enjoy the journey. Let the light in

Think your flaws are a problem? A thing to be pushed down and ignored? Fill the wounds with love, light and forgiveness. Forget the fear, enjoy the journey. Let the light in

Think your flaws are a problem? A thing to be pushed down and ignored? Fill the wounds with love, light and forgiveness. Forget the fear, enjoy the journey.

Think your flaws are a problem? A thing to be pushed down and ignored?

 

Cracks allow the light to enter

 

To fill them with golden sunshine, see brightness through the dark. We only see stars because of the dark, the rainbows following the storm. So allow the cracks to be there, allow them to flood with light, mending the cracks doesn’t have to mean seamlessly fixed. Filling the cracks with light can mend them.

Think your flaws are a problem? A thing to be pushed down and ignored? Fill the wounds with love, light and forgiveness. Forget the fear, enjoy the journey.
Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make. Create your own self care kit.

Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make. Create your own self care kit.

Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make. Create your own self care kit. Get the lowdown and heal your anxiety

Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make.

Create your own self care kit.

 

Say what??

I came across this idea many years ago through a counsellor and I have had one ever since. It’s a mixture of go to items for your senses to help when you are having a bad moment/day/week. The idea is to gather an item which stimulates your 5 senses, touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. These should be kept together (or nearby) and be readily accessible when the moment strikes.

Why? Well, why not? Did you have a teddy or comforter when you were a child? How long did it take you to give up your pacifier (or thumb)? It’s a similar principle – it helps to comfort and distract your mind. To pull it out of the downward spiral.

While we may no longer be children, that doesn’t mean we aren’t entitled to be comforted. I’ll let you in on a secret – I still have my childhood teddy – he comes out when I need comforting and it works EVERY time. It’s an internal process, deep in my psyche. I strongly associated my teddy with comfort. While I don’t need as much comfort, the memories and feelings I associate with my teddy are still strong (possibly stronger thanks to a touch of nostalgia!)

My kit changes as time goes by, depending on what I am feeling or what is helping me.

 

Here’s the current contents!

 

Whatever you call it, a self care kit, a comfort kit, they are so easy to make. Create your own self care kit. Get the lowdown and heal your anxiety
  • Blanket
  • Chocolate
  • Scented candles
  • Inspirational quote cards
  • Singing bowl

 

Why these things?

 

In short, they all bring me comfort and help to relieve my brain. The blanket is cosy and fluffy. Chocolate – no brainer for me. That said, in my self care kit – it is GREAT quality. When I need comfort, bog-standard doesn’t cut it. Scented candles – I can choose to evoke a memory, baking, cinnamon, Christmas there is a HUGE variety of scents available now. Inspirational quote cards – these are so easy and a godsend, they make me smile (you don’t need to be an artistic genius – you can grab them on Pinterest or take a look at my weekly Inky Pause) Singing bowl – yes, I could have an I-pod with my favourite mixes or a spotify playlist. But I don’t. The chime on the bowl changes the atmosphere and breaks whatever chatter is going on in my mind.

Not sure what to put in yours?

 

Here are some suggestions for you

  • Oracle Cards
  • Hot chocolate & marshmallows
  • Colouring book & pencils
  • A silk scarf
  • Bath bombs
  • Favourite perfume (samples are great for this)
  • Lavender Water (reminds me of my Grandma)
  • Beatrix Potter books
  • Luxury hand cream
  • A CD of feel-good tunes
  • Your childhood teddy bear
  • A cosy nightshirt

Now here’s a question – how to store your comfort kit?

A pretty box
A pretty bag

Mine lives on the top shelf of my wardrobe in a plastic bag (I know, very inspiring), but it works for me. You could wrap it in wrapping paper so if feels extra special when you open it. It doesn’t matter how you choose to store yours, so long as it is close at hand accessible should you need it.

So, what’s going in your comfort kit? Let me know!

 

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